Tuesday, June 2, 2020

DARLA HOOD...Encino & Acama records

Darla Jean Hood (She was born in Leedey, Oklahoma, November 8, 1931 - June 13, 1979) was an American child actress, best known as the leading lady in the Our Gang series from 1935 to 1941. She made her debut at age four in the 1935 film Our Gang Follies of 1936 and was soon given a role in The Bohemian Girl with Laurel and Hardy. From 1935 to 1941, she continued to play in Our Gang. She is well remembered for her coquettish character, typically the love interest of Alfalfa, Butch, or (occasionally) Waldo.

One of her most memorable moments was singing "I'm in the Mood for Love" in The Pinch Singer. Hood's final appearance Our Gang film was 1941's "Wedding Worries".

In 1956 she married Jose Nieto (aka Jose Granson) who is involved in the recording world, he re-launched Darla's musical career and in 1957 recorded for Encino records the songs "No Secret Now / Witches Brew. She is accompanied by the group The Rocketeers (Modern records).




1960, Acama records the record label of Darla's husband republishes the songs released in 1957 for Encino records and next year, 1961, she recorded on this label two new songs "Anytime -Anywhere / Hurt, Hurt, Hurt. All these songs are present in the doo wop guides.
In 1961 Darla recorded with Richie Marsh, see here...


Monday, June 1, 2020

JOEL & THE CONCHORDS...Amber records

Acappella group from New Jersey formed originally by Joel Katz (Lead), Barry Skolachi, Bill Bolgner and Joel Sweitzer.

In 1964 recorded the demos "Moonlight in Vermont / Hurry Home. released in 1967 on the Amber label.

The group with many personnel changes remains active until the late 60's.

Other two songs from them appear in the acappella LP "Stars of Acappella vol. 2 " Lovers Quarrell " and " One Summer Night ".

At the same time Joel sings and recording with the group The Autumns (see it on this blog).

Complete article at; http://classicurbanharmony.net

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Why do Dion & The Belmonts record old songs instead of original songs?

This week  I present another article from 1960 where it is explained why the Dion & The Belmonts group records so many old songs instead of their original songs.

Save in the PC for can read the article.

Friday, May 29, 2020

THE CASTLE KINGS...Atlantic records.

From the Complete Book of Doo Wop...


Guitarist Ed Adlum had the idea to write a scary song together with Phil Spector, they presented it to Atlantic records and the record label told them that if they formed a group they would record it, Ed recruited Frank Tinelli as lead voice, with Jimmy Walker and Bill Jantz. This is how the Castle Kings were born, they recorded two singles for Atlantic and separated.

Back row from left to right: Jimmy Walker, Eddie Adlum, Frank Tinelli and Billy Jantz.

-Loch Lomond / You Can Get Him-Frankenstein. Atlantic records-1961.

-Jeanette / The Caissons go Rolling Along. Atlantic records-1962.

In all those recordings they have a rockin' rollin' vocal group sound.


Thursday, May 28, 2020


From UK...


Present in the US Jeff Kreiter Vocal Group Record guide with...

-Girl of My Best Friend / Don't Be Cruel. General American records-1965.


Wednesday, May 27, 2020

PHOTO...The Four Buddies

Here you can see, I think for the first time, the full photo of the white group The Four Buddies in Coral records.

Remember click to enlarge.

This is the second publicity photo that I have seen of this group because there is another one with a different pose from the group that can be seen here;


Tuesday, May 26, 2020


Richard Elvern Marsh was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1937. In 1961 he moved to California where he got a temporary job helping to dig a pool. The owner of the pool is Darla Hood, a child actress and currently the wife of Jose Granson, owner of a record label called Acama.

Richard convinced Darla to record on this label alongside him as Richie Marsh and the Hoodwinks, "Baby Baby Baby" / "Half Angel", both written by Darla.

-Half Angel " is very reminiscent of the classic of The Penguins" Earth Angel "and is present in the Jeff Kreiter's guide.


In 1963 Richard Marsh changed his professional name to "Sky Saxon" and soon forming The Seeds, being very popular until the early 1970s.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Doo Wop from El Salvador

Today this post is aimed at fans of Latin music or those looking for Spanish versions of doo wop songs.

This is a rare recording to find, this is the Spanish version of the classic 1961 Tokens song "Tonight I fell in love" by Los Angelitos, a group from El Salvador.


Saturday, May 23, 2020

THE ROOMATES...promoting..."My Foolish Heart"

Article from a 1961 magazine with nice pictures of The Roomates on Valmor records with girl fans promoting in the street their new song "My Foolish Heart".

Click to enlarge...

Friday, May 22, 2020

PHOTO...Jimmy & The Crestones

Rare photo of Jimmy & The Crestones, not in their best condition, but difficult to see in this full format, since those that appear on the internet are usually cut.

Click to enlargue.

More information about this group in ...


Thursday, May 21, 2020

EDDIE HODGES...Cadence records

Child actor Samuel Hodges professionally known as Eddie Hodges is present in the doo wop guides with...

-Bandit of My Dreams / Mugmates. Cadence records-1961.

More information at; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Hodges


In Europe Eddie have this recording with a picture sleeve that I think was not published in the USA.

See it below ...

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

First time on youtube.

Since I uploaded this song on YouTube I have received a lot of email asking me for information about this recording, as no data about it appears in the doo wop guides or internet sites.

Unfortunately I have no information either, I can only detail the information that appears at 45 rpm.


-Sweet Was the Wine /  Chapel Bells. Chess records-19??.

As you can see, side B with the song ·"Chapel Bells" does not have the name of the group. I do not know if it is a mistake or if the group that sings this song has nothing to do with the group of side A.

Of course any information about this recording will be welcome.


Tuesday, May 19, 2020

THE DYNASTYS...Picture Sleeve

Picture sleeve of the Band from Milwaukee, The Dynastys formed by George Shuput, Duane Schallitz, Dave Maciolock, Kenny Arnold and Jim Serrano present in the Jeff Kreiter's vocal group record guide with the songs- I'll Be Forever Loving You / Mountain Of Love. recorded for Fan Jr Records in 1964 but the guide no mentioned this picture.

Their song "I'll Be Forever Loving You" was recorded first in 1955 by The El Dorados.


Monday, May 18, 2020

THE THREE DEBS...Crown records?

This time I present four photos of a girl group called THE THREE DEBS.

No information have I been able to find about them except that a group with this same name recorded in 1955 for Crown records the songs...

-If You Were Here Tonight / Look What You're.

Possibly they are the ones who sing these songs, but any information about this group would be appreciated.


Sunday, May 17, 2020

DION & THE BELMONTS ... interview

Interview with the doo wop group Dion & The Belmonts in the late 50's where they are asked about love songs.

Save this photo on your computer to read the article in a large size.

Friday, May 15, 2020

CASEY PAXTON...Claridge records

Actor and Singer Casey Paxton (also know as Matthew Reid and David LaRue) is present on Jeff Kreiter's guide of vocal group recordings with ...

-Baby, Baby, Go, Go / East is East. Claridge records-1965.

Casey on these recordings has a poor doo wop sound.


Thursday, May 14, 2020

THE REVIVAL YEARS...William Dell & The Wee Jams

The Wee Jams were founded by William Dell and Barry Haughin in Avonworth Pittsburgh, PA in 1964, as “The In Crowd,"

In 1966 changed their name to the Wee Jams.

In the fall of 1967, the group signed for ABC Records.

In 1996 a reformed group recorded two songs for  Stacy's Wax records "Patti Ann" / "Something Old, Something New" written by Haugin.

These two songs have a great popularity in Pittsburgh and are present in the Jeff Kreiter's vocal group record guide.


Wednesday, May 13, 2020



-I Was Dreaming / What Made Maggie Run. Hi-Hat  records-19??.

Value; $75

This is a very rare 45 to find, little of it appears on the internet.

It is a white group of Gary in Indiana who covers songs of The Cleftones and The Dell Vikings. The year of this recording is unknown, but I think it is from 1957.


Sorry these two songs are not available on youtube.

Monday, May 11, 2020


Scott Garrett was left on the steps of a church in Pittsburgh when he was six months of age. Then he was adopted by a religious family and as a teenager he was sent to different religious schools so that in the future he could be ordained a priest there he began to sing in the choirs.
At the age of 22 and with the explosion of the Rock & Roll music, Scott abandoned his religious career and moved to Washington where he would be part of Roger Mendez's band, there he was discovered by DJ Milton Q. Ford who signed him for his radio progam.
A late year he moved to New York where with the help of Elise Britton (a composer and singer with Ray Charkes and Perry Como) got a contract for Laurie records where in January 1959 he would record the songs "A House of Love" / "So Far so Good" (with vocal accompaniments by Elise)followed in May of this same year of "Love Story / Graduation Souvenirs" in this recording he is accompanied by the white group The Mystics (Below photo).
Due to the low promotion of his recordings by Laurie records (who at that time was focused on promoting groups like Dion & the Belmonts or The Mystics) his songs were heard very little and he was soon forgotten by the music industry falling into oblivion.

Only the last recording for Laurie records is present in the doo wop music guides.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

PHOTO...Dante & The Evergreens

Photo of the doo wop group Dante & The Evergreens rare to see with this quality.

Click to enlargue.

Information about this group in http://whitedoowopcollector.blogspot.com/2009/05/dante-evergreensda-doo.html

Friday, May 8, 2020

The Belmonts 1962 advertisement

Rare color advertisement of The Belmonts by your 1962 Sabina release "Hombre / I Confess".

Click to enlarge.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

DON HOSEA...Sun records

Don Hosea from Cape Girardeau, Missouri is present in the doo wop guides with...

- Since I met You / Uh Huh Unh. Sun records-1961.

Only the A side have an imitation to the doo wop sound.


Wednesday, May 6, 2020

THE TEARDROPS...Rendezvous & Dot records

Brothers Tony and Paul Ciaurella from New York City's East Harlem section know as "Little Italy" were present in The Complete Book Of Doo Wop as...


-Jellyfish / Bridge Of Love. Dot Records-1957.

-Sugar Baby / Catch Me, I'm Falling Again. Rendezvous Records-1958.


The duet, started in the early 1950s in New York, specialized in traditional Italian songs.The brothers singing in italian and english with a popish style, opened at New York's Copacabana Club in 1953, went to Las Vegas and ended up ultimately in Atlantic City. The Teardrops recorded for another labels as Frisky or 20th Century Records.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020


Dick Caruso from Rhode Island is present in all the doo-wop guides with...

-If I  / De De Dum. MGM records 1960.


Monday, May 4, 2020

LEWIS LYMON & THE TEENCHORDS...unpublished picture

Photo of Lewis Lymon & The Teenchords from the 1957 movie "Jamboree". I think that this is an unpublished picture of the movie.

Click to enlargue.

The Teenchords were an integrated group formed by Lewis Lymon (Lead and brother of Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers fame), Ralph Vaughn (first tenor), Rossilio Rocca (second tenor), Lyndon Harold (baritone), and David Little (bass). Lewis, Ralph and David were black, Lyndon was white, and Rossilio was Hispanic.

They recorded in 1956-58 for Fury, End and Juanita records.

Complete biography and discography at; http://www.uncamarvy.com/Teenchords/teenchords.html

Saturday, May 2, 2020

THE VISIONS...Coed records

This blog present to you four pictures of the group THE VISIONS that recorded in 1964 for Coed records.

Click on the photos to see them in a large size.

They are four rare photos, difficult to see of this little-known group, since there is no information or photograph on them on the doo wop and Rock & Roll sites or YouTube.
As you can see in one of these photos, the names of the members of the group are Johnny, Jimmy, Danny, Mickey and Andy.

They are present in the doo wop guides as ...

The Visions Featuring Johnny Rodia.

-Down In My Heart / Tell Her Now. Coed records-1964.


In many places these recordings are attributed to another group with the same name of THE VISIONS these from Cleveland, Ohio that recorded for labels such as Warwick records (see in this blog The Visions) but that is not correct and surely the confusion came from using the two groups, the same name, which led many collectors to think that the two were the same group.